STAGE NINE of the 2017 Dakar Rally was been cancelled after a huge landslide blocked part of the route from Salta to Chilecito.
The landslide, caused by huge thunerstorms and rainfall, struck the village of Volcan, cutting off part of the route and forcing the second cancellation of this year's event.
The race organisers said in a statement:
'According to the Argentinian civil security, victims are deplored in the population and considerable damage has been observed.
'As the road is cut off, most of the vehicles, competitors, assistance and logistics from the Dakar caravan were diverted on an alternative route through San Antonio de los Cobres, extending the distance of the liaison by about 200 km. They will not be able to reach the Salta bivouac in time to start the race.'
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